What is your job title, and what does that position entail?
Production Tech 1; I have no idea what the “1” means! As a production tech I build mostly mechanical assemblies. The actual nuts and bolts or hardware of robots. I also do quite a bit of electrical wiring, trouble shooting and installation into testing cabinets.
How long have you worked at Olympus, where did you come from? A little history of how you got involved with Olympus?
I came to Olympus Controls, originally, through a temp agency in Feb 2018. I was hired to Olympus directly in June 2018.
What do you like best about working at Olympus?
I like working at Olympus because I feel like a valued and appreciated member of the team. Its nice to be accepted into the team and treated well by everybody. I’ve never worked for a company where you see the CEO walking around with his dog, Timber. Scott will stop and talk to you as a peer, not as a subordinate.
Describe a little of your past history.
I have done a wide variety of things in my life. I started at 14, working at both a carpet cleaning business and as a Barista at a coffee shop, while attending high school. After I graduated from high school, I worked in retail for over 4 years as an Inventory manager. 3 years into my retail “career”, I wanted to do something more fulfilling with my life. So I ended up fighting forest fires and working retail for 1 year before I changed to being a full time Wild-land Firefighter for 4 more years before I settled into a professional automotive career in 2010. I worked as an A.S.E. certified auto tech for 7 years before medical issues caused me to find lighter duty work. Which is how I ended up coming to Olympus Controls.
Describe some of your hobbies – what do you like to do outside of work?
Outside of work I enjoy doing anything outdoors. Ranging from hiking, snowshoeing and camping with my fiance and “adventure dog” to skateboarding and snowboarding I also like to do the more lazy things like nerding out on things like my “PS-4” and “Pokemon Go”.
What are some key lessons you have taken from your career thus far?
Key Lesson (thus far) I have learned that when you work for a company that truly appreciates their employees, there is a lot more clear direction. I mean that both in the professional, business side of things as well as the individual/personal side. I see very clear goals set for the company. Big things to strive for. Because there are clear company goals, as well as great leadership, it gives me clarity on where I can help and what I need to work toward, both in physical work and the direction I want to go with my career at Olympus.
I have also learned that failure is a good thing in most cases. If we don’t fail, how do we learn? Here at Olympus, failure is a learning/teaching opportunity instead of a disciplinary situation.
In a tough situation, look back. Not to see the mistakes you’ve made. Not to dwell on things, but to see how far you’ve come. Appreciate all of the little things you do learn. Use everything as an opportunity to expand your knowledge. Knowledge ultimately equals comfort and confidence.